Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Winchester 1200 Shotgun Holds 9 Shells?

The gun used was said to be a Winchester 1200 shot gun, serial number L527198 and owned by Mr. Larry Crenshaw.  In more than one account the gun was found with the slide open.  In one officer's  account a  red shotgun shell was found on the ground. In another officer's account two shotgun shells were found on the ground.  In a forensics report green shotgun shell was left inside the gun.  In another forensics report the gun had 7 unfired shotgun shells, six in the magazine, and one in the chamber.

So if two shotgun shells were on the ground, and seven shotgun shells were left in the gun, is a Winchester 1200 capable of holding 9 shells?

And if a red shotgun shell was found on the ground but the shotgun at forensics was found with a green shell, is it common to load a shotgun with two different types of shells at the same time?

In the  report below written 12/9/98, Officer Holmes writes:

"I also observed the slide open on a shotgun & a red spent shotgun shell lying beside the w/m."

On 12/9/98 Officer Stallworth attended the crime scene and on 12/10/98 filed a report saying:
"There was a shotgun between his legs and there was what appeared to be blood dripping from his mouth and nose. On the swing was a spent shotgun shell, and on the ground waas another, with a box of matches."

Below, in a (3 page total) report written 12/14/98, Corporal John Garner writes his version of the account, beginning at the bottom of page one with regard to the gun, he writes:

"The shotgun between the subjects legs was a Winchester model 1200 12 gauge pump which also belongs to the homeowner.  There was one fired shotgun shell on the swing next to the body and one fired shotgun shell on the ground under the swing.  Both shotgun shells were later determined to be Winchester Super X #4 shot.  The w/m appeared to be in his late teens or early 20's.  ALso the action on the shotgun was open."
"The body was not touched until Dr. Goodin and Kevin Putnam from the Forensics Lab arrived and they handled the body and the shotgun.  ....... The shotgun and the two fired rounds were turned over to Kevin Putnam." 

Even though Dr. Julia Goodin said forensics examiners don't go into the field, and even though she said to me via telephone that she did not do the actual autopsy report and did not attend the scene, an account provided by Alabama Forensics indicates otherwise.  She also said she 'signed off' on the autopsy but did not perform it, that the woman who did, I would have trouble locating because she was no longer with Alabama Forensics.

Below, instead of describing a red shell casing,  Dr. Goodin describes a green shotgun shell:

"The shotgun as between his legs and feet.  Huey Mack, Jr. picked up the shotgun to secure it, I noted that the breach was open and one green shell was visible in the magazine."

Alabama Forensics officer Scott A. Milroy describes the gun saying 
"there was an unfired 12 gauge shotgun shell in the chamber and  six  (6) unfired 12 gauge shotgun shells in the magazine tube." 

According to Alabama Forensics, there is no powder residue on the hands of this "suicide" victim:


The Winchester Model 1200 is a 20-inch, 12-gauge, manually operated, slide action shotgun. The slide action, also known as a pump-action, means that the shotgun has a moving bolt system which is operated by a "wooden or composite slide called the fore-end".[5] The fore-end is located on the underside of the barrel and moves front to back. The weapon can hold a maximum of five rounds total with four in the tubular magazine and one in the chamber. It has a hammerless action which means that there is no external hammer spur. There is only a firing pin which strikes the primer on the shell to ignite the powder in the round. The Model 1200 is a takedown type of shotgun; meaning that it can be taken apart for easy storage and transportation.[6]

The Model 1200 was the first shotgun to utilize a rotary bolt with four locking lugs secured within the barrel extension. The 1200 was Winchester's first shotgun to incorporate the company's patented Winchoke system, a quick change tube to allow the easy replacement of chokes.[1]

  • Model 1200: Standard capacity model with four-shell tubular magazine
  • Model 1200 Defender: Increased capacity model with six-shell tubular magazine (Six 3" Shells or seven 2&3/4" Shells).
  • Model 1200 Police: Increased capacity variant of the Model 1200 with an electroless nickel plated barrel and magazine tube.
  • Model 1200 Riot: Standard capacity model with 18.5" barrel and rifle sights. Blued steel barrel and magazine. Marked "Riot" on barrel.
  • Ted Williams Model 200: Standard Model 1200 marketed by Sears
  • Model 1200 Hunting: 28-inch barrel with a built-in choke and a five-shell tubular magazine.

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